The intense heat in Las Vegas, NV means that your air conditioning system or heat pump gets a lot of use. Occasionally cold winter nights in the desert also require an effective heating system to keep you comfortable and prevent problems. Figuring out the best time to have a new HVAC system installed in Las Vegas can be a challenge. At Polar Air & Heating, Inc., our technicians offer year-round installations for HVAC systems. Let’s take a look at the best times to schedule a new HVAC system installation.
Air Conditioner Installation
Most Las Vegas homes have a central cooling system and a separate heating system. When your air conditioner reaches the typical lifespan of 12 years, we recommend planning its replacement. Getting a new air conditioning system installed before your old one fails prevents a disruption of your comfort.
When you plan a new AC installation to replace an old, ineffective, or worn-out cooling system, we recommend a winter or early spring installation time. Late autumn is also a good time for a central air conditioning system installation. During the months of November through March, our technicians have wide availability to replace air conditioners.
Manufacturers of air conditioning systems typically release their new models early in the calendar year. They often discount last year’s models, even if those models are brand-new. Shopping for a new air conditioning unit late in the calendar year or choosing a discounted model early in the new calendar year could save you money.
During the months of December, January and February, the nighttime temperatures in Las Vegas and the surrounding area can get cold enough for snow. You’ll need an effective heating system to keep your home warm. If your home has a furnace that has reached the typical lifespan of 20 to 25 years, we recommend planning a new installation during the late spring to early autumn seasons.
Installing a new furnace during the off-season gives you more time to choose a heating system suited to your needs. You can research the features of new furnaces, such as built-in humidifiers and multi-speed fans. Our crews offer greater availability for the installation of new furnaces during the mild months of the year.
Combined Furnace and Air Conditioner Installation
If you need both a furnace and an air conditioner installed at the same time, the best times of the year to do this are in early spring and late autumn. In particular, March and November are good times of the year to have both a furnace and air conditioner installed. If you also need a new air handler to distribute the heated and cooled air from the furnace and air conditioner, the ideal time to replace it is when you get the new furnace and air conditioner.
Heat Pump Installation
Many homes in Las Vegas use a heat pump instead of a furnace and an air conditioner. The advantage of a heat pump is that it performs the dual functions of heating and cooling. Most heat pumps in Las Vegas are air-source heat pumps. Their average lifespan is about 10 years. They don’t last as long as a furnace or an air conditioner because they’re in use almost all year long.
The best time of the year to replace a heat pump in Las Vegas is late winter to early spring. In late February to mid-March, the weather is typically mild, and the chances of extremely low temperatures or a heat wave are minimal. During the installation of a heat pump, you won’t be able to heat or cool your home for a few hours. Another good time of the year for a heat pump installation is mid- to late November. The weather in this part of November is also mild, and not many homeowners schedule HVAC system installations during this time.
Installation of a New HVAC System After Home Improvement or an Addition
If you’ve converted a basement or attic into a living space, your existing HVAC system may not have sufficient capacity to heat or cool it. Trying to heat or cool a large space with an HVAC system that doesn’t have enough capacity will disrupt your comfort. Your living spaces may not get enough of the cooled or warmed air. If you adjust the thermostat settings higher or lower, this will increase your utility bills. The extra cycling of a improperly sized HVAC system produces excess wear and tear and may cause major components to fail long before their typical lifespan.
Similarly, adding a new room or suite onto your home also requires an upgrade in your HVAC system’s capacity. You may need a new air handler in addition to a new air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump. The air handler must match the air flow rate and capacity of the other HVAC equipment.
Ideally, plan for the installation of a new HVAC system at the same time as a home remodeling or addition project. This allows the ductwork and vents to become part of the design of your new space. Including HVAC technicians and system installers in your project plan also ensures that the new space will be at the right temperature for you to enjoy using it.
Unplanned HVAC Installations
In optimal circumstances, you’ll have plenty of time to decide on when to install a new HVAC system. However, you might encounter a situation in which the installation of a new system can’t wait. For example, if your air conditioner goes out in July, you’re probably not going to want to wait until October to replace it. When your HVAC system has a problem, our technicians provide honest written assessments and estimates for repairs. We’ll be truthful with you about whether a repair or a replacement is the best option. If you need an urgent HVAC replacement, our technicians at Polar Air & Heating, Inc. are ready to help.
You may also need an unplanned HVAC installation if a disaster strikes your home. A sewer backup, water heater tank failure, or burst pipe could damage your air conditioner’s indoor unit, the air handler, or the furnace beyond repair. If this happens to you, we’re available for prompt HVAC system installations. We offer a rapid response time for homeowners who are without a functional heating and cooling system.
We install new HVAC systems all year long, no matter what the weather is like. When you need an urgent HVAC installation, our crews offer convenient weekday availability. Most installations require at least four hours, depending on the type of equipment and whether or not your home also needs a new air handler or any ductwork modifications. We get started early in the morning, and we usually finish the installation on the same day.
In addition to HVAC installation, our team at Polar Air & Heating, Inc. also offers heating and cooling maintenance and repairs. Our humidifiers, indoor air quality solutions and ductless mini splits can keep your home’s air safe, clean, and comfortable. You can also count on us for emergency repairs and new construction services. If you’re a business owner in the Las Vegas area, we offer reliable commercial HVAC replacement, installation, maintenance, and repair. For more information about the best time to have a new HVAC unit installed, get in touch with us at Polar Air & Heating, Inc. today.